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on 25 March 2017
Not one of Colin's best. A poor plot, very silly story but Colin etc hold it together.
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VINE VOICEon 2 February 2006
Originally broadcast as 10-minute chunks embedded in an interminably awful children’s magazine format, this first proper Doctor Who radio story is a mildly entertaining yet ultimately unsatisfying offering. Then TV stars Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant encounter a raft of bog-standard Doctor Who story elements: illegal time experiments first hook the Doctor and Peri into the story; an echoey spaceship provides endless corridors for the regulars to traipse down; a blood-thirsty monster is shoehorned into the plot for seemingly no other reason than that it will provide an effective cliffhanger; and a comedy pair of intergalactic policemen are inferior knockoffs from the Robert Holmes school of double acts. Slipback is at least initially entertaining thanks to Sawards fruity dialogue (Peri memorably describes the TARDIS console ‘starting to wink, flash and grunt like some dirty old man in a park’) but sadly the story doesn’t really build to a satisfying climax, it just…stops. The Doctor doesn’t get to save the day, or ultimately even meet up with Valentine Dyall’s infectious Captain Slarn, as Saward instead rather lazily steals the finale of 5th Doctor TV story Terminus to provide an unsatisfying conclusion. Mildly diverting, but not in the same league as Big Finish’s more recent 6th Doctor audios.
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on 26 October 2016
Target supplemented their novelisations of the Doctor Who serials by publishing several additional specials based upon stories not seen onscreen. These varied from ‘lost stories’ that were never made, spin off adventures for a couple of the companions and stories that only appeared in some form of audio format. ‘Slipback’ is the first of these and began life as a six-episode radio play. Although not the most memorable story it served an important purpose in bridging the gap between Colin Baker’s two seasons as the Doctor and thus providing fans with at least some Doctor Who when the programme was off air for a year.

The book is divided into two sections. The latter two thirds of which are basically the novelisation of what was heard in the original radio play; which was written by the same author. It doesn’t add anything really and is for the most part a fairly mundane rendition of that heard on radio.

Obviously, it suffers from losing the voices of its primary actors which embellished a rather bland story featuring a lot of running around in the bowels of a spaceship. In particular, without the richness of Valantine Dyall’s delivery Slarn becomes rather insipid. He feels less connected to events and the other characters, becoming little more than a vessel for the computer to achieve her objectives. The lack of interaction between Slarn and the Doctor, which could have really benefitted the story, also becomes more apparent.

Part 1 of the book, or around the first third of the word count, is where the novelisation is more interesting. It serves the purpose of filling in the back stories for a couple of the characters and therefore provides what was in the radio play with some much-needed background. Unlike the rest of the book it is not in real time but offers a potted history of the Vipod Mor and gives a highlighted run down of the circumstances that lead both Slarn and Grant to be on the ship. It’s quite informative in that it helps embellish the characters, makes it clearer that Slarn is some form of quartz-based alien and leads to the conclusion making more sense.

It is written with a somewhat satirical tone that proves subtly amusing in the earlier background section but then doesn’t really work so well with the bulk of the novelisation of the radio play. It also serves as a reminder that despite the high stakes jeopardy of the story it is written more for light comedy rather than drama.
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on 12 February 2001
This is a CD issue of the special one-off radio series of Doctor Who, broadcast on Radio 5 during the long break when the TV show was suspended (around 1986?). Eric Saward (the Script Editor of the TV show at the time) wrote this dark comedy, not much in the style of "Doctor Who as we know it", but in a mixture of his own increasingly grim style, and splashes of humour reminiscent of Douglas Adams (the use of language, the elaboration of ideas to the point of absurdity without actually playing them for obvious laughs, etc.)
Unfortunately, being sliced into half a dozen ten minute episodes - each with a cliffhanger ending, of course! - makes the plotting fairly contrived.
It's fun in parts; but even if didn't already have the cassette release from a few years ago, I wouldn't think it really worth the asking price of this CD.
The book adaptation worked better: Extra material, and no need for the contrived cliffhangers. Chances of that ever seeing print again are slim, though... =:o{
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on 21 October 2002
This is the one off Radio 4 series during the 18 months that Doctor Who was ofcf the air.
The story isn't actually quite long,all in all it's just over an hour in lenght in 6 episodes.
The story is about the 6th Doctor and Peri ( as played on screen by Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant) about a ship.
The comedy is magiacal,it makes a break form the argurments of the T.V series.
Yes I would recomend this to anyone.
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